October 2011

Office of the Science Advisor Web Conference Series 2011

Because science is always evolving, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) Web Conference Seminar Series is designed to provide the latest cutting-edge scientific information and research. This series also highlights key OSA priorities, such as science integrity, the FWS Climate Change Strategy, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, and Strategic Habitat Conservation. This program is being facilitated by the USFWS's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC).

Thursday October 20th, 2:30-4:00 PM EDT
“The Role of the F&W National Forensic Lab in Wildlife Prosecutions”
Edgard Espinoza, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory

Description: The National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Lab is responsible to assist the Office of Law Enforcement of the Fish and Wildlife Service in prosecuting violators of federal Fish and Wildlife laws. The Lab receives evidence from both F&W Special Agents, F&W Port Inspectors and F&W Refuge Officers, who in the process of investigating wildlife violations encounter evidence that needs to be analyzed.

The Lab has a Veterinary Pathology unit that determines cause of death of submitted carcasses. For determining the species source of animals remains (ex. blood, feathers, jewelry, etc.) the Lab has genetics, morphology and chemistry capabilities. For determining individual identity (who did the crime and/or for linking victim, crime scene and suspect) the lab has
latent prints, firearms and DNA capabilities. The Lab also had a digital evidence unit that analyses computers, cell phones, GPS units and cameras that have been seized as part of wildlife investigations.


Once submitted, your name will be added to the registry for the webinar.
Approximately 2 days in advance of the webinar, you will receive an email from Danielle LaRock, NCTC Assistant Course Leader, with instructions on how to join the webinar using the WebEx software. You will NOT receive anything confirming your request prior to this.

If you have any questions regarding the Office of the Science Advisor webinars, please contact:

Danielle LaRock, NCTC Landscape Conservation Asst. Course Leader:
304.876.7476 or Email


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